Democratic meeting planned

The Halifax County Democratic Party Executive Committee composed of officers, precinct chairs and vice-chairs, will meet via ZOOM at 10 a.m. Saturday, in preparation for a county-wide meeting in August. Contact information and codes for the approximately one-hour meeting will be sent via email and text. For more information, call or text 252-532-1234.

Board to meet Tuesday

HALIFAX — The Halifax County Board of Social Services will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Department of Social Services, 4421 N.C. Highway 301.

Northampton BOE meeting

JACKSON — The Northampton County Board of Education will convene in a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. This meeting was previously scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. The only item on the agenda will be to discuss personnel. The meeting will be held in-person in the board room of the Northampton County Central Services, 701 N. Church St.

Fundraiser set for July 30

SCOTLAND NECK — A fundraiser for Johnnie Tippett, sponsored by the Scotland Neck police and fire complex, will be July 30 at the Scotland Neck Fire Department, with pick up from noon to 6 p.m. Cost is $12 and includes Boston butt barbecue and chicken combo plate, green beans with potatoes, cole slaw, roll and homemade seven-layer chocolate cake. Drinks (Pepsi products and water) will be available for $1. Tickets can be picked up at Bellamy Hardware Store, call 252-445-5768 or 252-908-0960. Tippett fell and broke his femur causing him to have hip surgery. He has to have a minimum of six weeks of rehab and insurance will only cover three weeks. All proceeds will go to his medical costs.

Hannah’s Closet sale

Hannah’s Closet Thrift Store, 1034 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids, will hold a 50% off summer clearance sale through Saturday. Also, a $5 Bag Sale is held on the first Saturday of the month; and Tuesday is Senior Day which includes 15% off total purchase. The store is also continuing with its Christmas in July sale. Visit the online thrift store at The store is part of Hannah’s Place, a nonprofit organization helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Halifax and Northampton counties. The crisis line is 252-541-2064. All donations are tax-deductible. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 252-541-1127.

Bingo returning at RWVFD

LITTLETON — Bingo games will return Thursday at the Roanoke Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, 790 Lizard Creek Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 7:30. There will be snacks, sodas and bottled water available for purchase; no outside food allowed.

RRPL closing notice

The Roanoke Rapids Public Library will close at 2 p.m. Friday to permit library staff to attend an offsite library program. The library will observe a schedule of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. Public access computers will be available up to one half hour prior to closing. The book drop will remain open for return of library materials. For more information, contact Head Librarian Jeff Watson at 252-533-2890, or stop by the library at 319 Roanoke Ave.

Spaghetti supper planned

LITTLETON — A spaghetti supper, hosted by the Horace Palmer Jr. American Legion Post 308, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Building, 217 Mitchell St., off Highway 903. Cost is $9 for adults; children age 6 and under eat for free; eat in or take out.

Boater Safety Class

LITTLETON — US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 9-3, 1678 Eaton Ferry Road, will hold a Boater Safety Class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To register or for more information, call 252-537-9877 or email The course will be taught by certified instructors from the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The class fee is $30, which includes the book and materials. The course covers: Navigating the Waterways; Operating your Vessel Safely; Legal Requirements of Boating (Federal, North Carolina and Virginia); Boating Emergencies; what you need to know before getting underway; and Know your boat. A boating certificate is issued at completion of the course and is valid in all states in the US.

Lasker Summer Music Festival

LASKER — The Lasker Summer Music Festival will be July 24-26 at Lasker Baptist Church, 205 E. Church St. The following is the schedule of events:

2:30 p.m. Saturday, concert and chapel service — “Collaboration.” The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Josiah Antill with musicians Calvin Carter and Paula Pressnell.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, jazz pianist David Esleck.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, concert in memory of Agnes Lassiter featuring flutist Jeremy McEntire and pianist Charles Hulin.

7:30 p.m. Monday, violinist Wesley Mason and tenor Jeff Prillaman.

For more information, call 863-667-6974.

Kids fire camp

GASTON — The Gaston Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual kids fire camp for ages 10-14 on Aug. 2-7. The camp teaches fire safety through a variety of lessons in first aid, CPR, team-building skills, self-contained breathing apparatus and fire extinguisher use, and other fire and EMS firefighter drills. Children learn about fire and water safety in a fun atmosphere that introduces young people to the fire service. In fact, many end up joining their junior fire candidate program when they turn 14. For more information or to sign up, contact Camp Coordinator Eddie Porter at or 252-537-8279.

Lyngbya treatments continue

The Lake Gaston Weed Control Council has scheduled the next two Lyngbya treatments by Aqua Services. They began treatment on Monday and will continue the week of Aug. 16. The products used are Captain XTR, Cutrine Ultra and AMP. There are not any swimming, irrigation or fish consumption restrictions with the products being used for treatment. For more information, visit, or call 1-888-669-3337 or1-256-582-9101. This is the fourth and fifth treatments for 2021. Visit the interactive map for treatment areas at the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council website at, located under the 2021 Lyngbya Treatment Sites.

Vendors need for festival

Officials with the Littleton-Lake Gaston Festival are currently accepting applications for craft and information vendors for Sept. 4. Interested in joining the fun and the opportunity to share your talents? Contact Heidi Hogan at 252-586-6828 or

Toastmasters Club to meet

The River City Toastmasters Club will have its next meeting on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. To attend, visit and click “CONTACT US” to request the link, or call 252-621-3253. The club helps people overcome the fears of public speaking.

Water safety council meeting

VALENTINES, Va. — The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council monthly membership meeting will be Wednesday at the Kennon House Restaurant, 7001 Gasburg Road. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., starting with a Dutch-treat dinner. Guest speaker will be Leanne Patrick, president of the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce, who will talk about items of interest at Lake Gaston and the surrounding areas. The public is invited. Contact either Brian Goldsworthy at 919-302-6511 or John Dyckman at 252-537-9877 if you plan to attend.

Weed control council meeting

BRACEY, Va. — The Lake Gaston Weed Control Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 29 at the Lake Gaston Volunteer Fire Department, 7609 Highway 903. There are no any restrictions on attendance, however if you are not feeling right and suspect you may be suffering from COVID, please do not attend. RSVP to if you plan on attending.

Dinner planned for July 30

The Halifax County GOP is sponsoring a Lincoln, Reagan, Douglas Barbecue Dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. July 30 at the American Legion, 717 American Legion Road in Roanoke Rapids. The featured speaker will be Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. Cost is $25 and dress is casual, with proceeds going for the cost of the event. For tickets, call Richard Scott at 252-406-0744 or Carolyn Shelton at 252-678-2735 for tickets.

Striper club to meet

HENRICO — The Lake Gaston Striper Club will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Lions Club Building, 139 Stanley Road. Members, guests and newcomers are welcome. Guest speaker Steve Rhoads, striper fishing expert, will talk about “Striper reel service: breakdown, clean and lube.”

Sale planned at Union Mission

An “Everything $1 or Less Per Item” sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5-6 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Union Mission’s Clothing Store, 1311 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids. For more information, call 252-536-9304.

Market on the Main

SCOTLAND NECK — Scotland Neck Rising, a nonprofit, holds Market on the Main every second Thursday of the month. The next event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 on Main Street. There will be craft stalls, local food, family fun and attic treasures. Admission is free. For more information or vendor information, call 252-813-1096.

GAL training in August

Make a difference in the life of a child. You can’t control where abused and neglected children come from, but you can have something to do with where they end up by becoming a Guardian ad Litem Program volunteer. If you’ve been trying to think of a way to give back to your community, now’s the time to make a difference in the life of an abused and neglected child. No specific education or experience is required to volunteer for this program; only a true desire to make a difference one child at a time. Virtual training will start Aug. 17. For more information, call the GAL office at 252-331-4755, 252-358-7914 or visit

CPTA board meeting

RICH SQUARE — The Choanoke Public Transportation Authority Board will meet at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at 505 N. Main St.

Zumba dance party extravaganza

JACKSON — A Zumba dance party extravaganza will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Northampton County Cultural and Wellness Center, Highway 305. The event is for all ages and free swag bags will be given. Cost is $5; vendor fees are $20. All proceeds will go to St. Jude’s. For more information, call the center at 252-534-1303 or 434-594-8755. For vendors, call 252-676-8264.

Vendors needed for bazaar

EBONY, Va. — The 11th Annual Bazaar /Fall Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 31 Ebony Road. If interested in being a vendor, contact Anne O’Neill at 252-308-04932 or

Adventurers planning trip

The Lake Gaston Baptist Adventurers have planned a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Dec. 7-10, for the Southern Holiday Festival of Shows. Cost is $549 per person, or single $688. For more information or to sign up, contact Michele Updike at 252-535-4519 or